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lyn hathaway
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  • Barnsley south yorkshire
  • United Kingdom
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Welcome, layla,lyn and lucy

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How many Irish Setters do you have?
I have one irish setter layla, she was diagnosed as havng lopra at 2 and 1/2 years old (shed probably had it for 18months before diagnosis )she is now 7 years old and as been totally blind to this disease for the past 3 years .layla was hereditry clear and clear herself from pra(rcd1) UPDATE some 5years on we have had layla tested for pra rcd4 and she has tested as been AFFECTED for this type of the disease.finally we have some sort of closure in getting to know the cause of my girls blindness at such an early age i also have a boxer whose name is lucy she is laylas other eyes
How long have you owned Irish Setters?
we got our first red setter on new years eve 1976 and had them ever since
About Me:
i am an housewife and i have owned 3 setters since 1976 .

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At 9:24pm on April 24, 2008, Myra Thomas-Rhodes said…
Welcome from Down Under, Lyn.
Where are you?
At 4:46am on April 25, 2008, Myra Thomas-Rhodes said…
Hello Lyn,
very sad to read your news of Layla.We had a beautiful English Setter, Ferdi, who went blind with lymphosarcoma.He was given two months to a year to live, but went blind within a month.
It is very distressing to see them suffer, when we love them so much.
Perhaps I will meet you at show in England, sometime.
By the way, my husband's father was born in Barnsley.
At 11:30am on April 25, 2008, Jo Ottinger said…

kathie jo and scout
At 11:02am on May 8, 2008, lyn hathaway said…
hi debbie,sorry not to have answered b4 now been away.thanks for your lovely comments regarding layla and yes shes coping fantastically well its me that isnt i just cant believe that she soon will not be able to see although if you see her in the forests or on beach you would not think there was anything a matter.(she has got us wrapped round her paws)no really shes always been our special little girl but now shes that extra bit special and words cant describe the love we have for her.we have had setters for over thirty years but only has pets and its only since we had layla we have been to a few shows and weve thoroughly enjoyed watching them
At 11:03am on May 8, 2008, lyn hathaway said…
thanks for your welcome kathy jo
At 5:27am on May 12, 2008, Dee Rance said…
Hi there welcome to the site hope you have fun here, Dee and the girls
At 1:22pm on May 12, 2008, Dee Rance said…
Have you got any pictures for the site? can't wait to see your dogs, there are some lovely dogs on this site, unfortunately I don't know how to do it all properly yet but I am learning and the people here are so helpful and nice to talk to, you will enjoy it I am sure, Dee and the girls
At 5:24pm on May 12, 2008, Dee Rance said…
Oh dear what can I say to that, Is she totally blind or will it get worse?? what were her symptoms? I can't leave my Jas anywhere because she gets so stressed that she bloats, It is such a shame when they have something hereditary, there is nothing we can do to help. I hope this site can help you with her problem, its something that you dread getting and it is something that you 'test' for but it is so rear now that she is the only one I have heard of that has the early onset P.R.A. what do you refer to as the rod/cone type?? I hope you don't mind me asking all these questions? Dee and the girl
At 1:36pm on September 18, 2008, Dee Rance said…
Hi there Lyn.
Hadn't heard from you for ages...How is your wee girl getting on??? hope all is well with you all. Dee and the girls
At 4:55am on September 25, 2008, Dee Rance said…
Hi my address is mayfredsetters@tiscali.co.uk love to hear from you. Dee and the girls

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mast cell tumours.

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 7:30am 15 Comments

twelve days ago we saw what we thought to be a tick on laylas outer ear.not been able to remove it we took her to the vets to be told she had mast cell tumours.(she had 2 small warts and 2 little lumps beside the "tick" ).it didnt sound good and we had to go home and decide what we wanted to do it was such a shock and .reading about this made me scared but i couldnt cope with seeing the bloody thing on her ear.oh tears flowed the whole weekend but we made the decision to have them removed…


happy birthday to my lovely layla

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 2:09am 14 Comments

my lovely layla is 8 years old today and i wish her one big happy birthday. for the past 3 years as many of my es friends know she has been blind from pra and she has coped brilliant with it much better than me and better than i could ever have imagined. she is the love of my life ..sorry cant upload a picture of her today as we are 2days into our 9 weeks stay at the seaside where my beautiful birthday girl can really be a setter and run freely enjoing herself on the beach. love you lots my… Continue


Posted on May 3, 2011 at 12:00am 22 Comments

managed to get this lovely picture after going down to bluebell wood .layla didnt want to sit for a picture she wanted to 

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